LGBT History Month celebrates equality among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of society whilst looking back on their past.
Every February the LGBT community aim to educate the general public about issues surrounding homosexuality throughout the country.
As one of the most gay-friendly cities in the UK, Nottingham have a number of different events being held throughout the month with help from many organisations and tremendous support from the University of Nottingham.
Out in Education is a non-profit organisation which was set up just over a year ago by University of Nottingham student Lucy Wake.
Their aim is to educate children and teachers in primary and secondary schools about LGBT issues and that it is okay to be gay and tackle the underlying issue of homophobia.
Lucy Wake, Founder and co-ordinator of the organisation, believes coming out would have been a lot easier if their was a service like this when she was in school.
“when I was 14 and started to come out, having people of a similar age, who aren’t too much older than you, coming into school and sharing their own experiences would have been very comforting
“I want to help young people all around the country who are confused and scared about their sexuality and for them to know that it’s okay to be gay.”
Out in Education is currently a Nottinghamshire based organisations but they are expanding over the next month with branches opening up in Loughborough, Birmingham and Manchester.
David Edgley, Treasurer of Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage, says there is still discrimination today towards LGBT people.
“throughout history the sexuality of lesbians and gay men has been supressed.
“Until 1967 if you were a gay man you would be put in jail, until 1999 there were 24 areas in the UK where the law actually discriminated against lesbians and gay men.
“there are still barriers for people coming out and barriers for people who wish to share their experiences, so our history has been a hidden history and although equality is still a fighting battle its great that we can celebrate our peoples past.”
David refers to Alan Turing, the founder of computer science, and how he was immortalised in the Oscar winning film The Imitation Game.
He said if more people took the time to learn what LGBT people have done in the past it would help people more accepting towards the LGBT community and is a valuable way of boosting LGBT peoples self-esteem.
Chairman of Nottinghamshire Pride, Leigh Ellis, explains why LGBT History Month is so important.